Post Communism

A short documentary on post-Communist life and Communist-era architecture in Czech. Czech citizens must reconcile the effects of a previous way of life under Communism with new modes of living in a Capitalist republic.

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RoleDirector, Director of Photography, Editor
InfoLocations: Prague, Czech & Tisá, Czech
Edited in New York

This documentary explores the memories and impacts of Communism in Czech, reflected and reinforced in it's architecture. I shot this documentary while traveling across Czech and Germany. I interviewed Czech native Petr, the owner of a small hostel who lived in Czech during it's Communist era and the ensuing Velvet Revolution. He discusses the financial losses and cultural climate he and his family endured during and after the reign of the Communist government.

Budova Transgasu (Transgas Building)

The Transgas building was a brutalist building commissioned by the Czechoslovak government in 1972 and completed in 1978. The Czechoslovak government agreed to build a pipeline and deliver Soviet gas to western Europe called 'Transgas' and used the building as the control and dispatcher room for the pipeline. The building featured cobble-stoned walls and long decorative steel tubes intended to symbollize the gas pipeline's tubes. To the dismay of many Czech citizens, the building was demolished in 2019 by it's developer, months after I shot the footage.

Praha hlavní nádraží (Prague Main Railway Station)

The Praha hlavní nádraží is the largest railway station in Prague. The station has undergone many major renovations since it's opening in 1871 as Franz Josef Station, after Franz Joseph I of Austria. Situated near the city's center, views of the Žižkov television tower can be seen in the distance.

Žižkov Television Tower

The Žižkov television tower was built between 1985 and 1992 and is exmplar of high-tech, futurist architecture associated with the Commuinst era in Czech. It is a unique transmitter building with nine pods and three decks for transmitting equipment. The tower also features metallic crawling babies on it's facade, which can only be seen in close proximity.